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$100 million appeal launched for UN Peacebuilding fund

Listen / Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.  UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

UN Member States have been urged to support the annual $100 million target of a United Nations fund that helps post-conflict countries build lasting peace. Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson made the appeal at the fourth annual stakeholders' meeting of the UN Peacebuilding Fund on Tuesday in New York. The Fund was launched in 2006 to [...]

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Transition to green economy should become a global priority: UN

Listen / Electric car. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

The world needs to focus on transitioning to a green economy as it faces the challenges of a growing population, increased pollution and the effects of climate change. That's what experts of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) told the press in Nairobi during a briefing held on the margins of the first-ever United Nations Environment [...]

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Somalia makes progress towards establishing inclusive federal states

Listen / Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General has welcomed a move by warring factions in Somalia to sign an agreement to establish a new interim regional administration in the South West regions of the country. The new interim South West administration, as it has been named, will include the regions of Bay, Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Efforts towards establishing [...]

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Environmental crime worth up to $213 billion a year, new study shows

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Global environmental crime is worth up to $213 billion each year according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and INTE RPOL, the world's largest international police organization. These crimes include logging, poaching, trafficking of a wide range of animals, illegal fisheries, illegal mining and dumping of toxic waste. The Environmental Crime [...]

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President Putin of Russia backs Ukraine peace plan

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President Vladmir Putin's request to the Russian parliament to revoke the authorization to send troops to Ukraine will help reduce tensions and improve chances for a negotiated settlement. That's what Tayé-Brook Zerihoun, the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for Political Affairs told the Security Council on Tuesday. President Putin has also expressed support for the [...]

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Aid distributions stepped up in northern Mali

Listen / Food and cooking oil are distributed to displaced people from northern Mali in a temporary shelter in Mopti. Photo: UNDP/Nicolas Meulders

Aid distributions in Mali's Kidal region are being stepped up by the World Food Programme (WFP) in June. WFP is delivering provisions to 31,000 people, compared to 20,000 people in April. Thousands of people fled Kidal, in northern Mali in May, after clashes between government forces and rebels. Hostilities are continuing in the region. More [...]

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Growing displacement crisis in Pakistan's North Waziristan region

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The number of people who have fled from their homes due to the current  offensive by Pakistan's military against Taliban fighters in North Waziristan continues to rise. The United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, says that government registration figures show that more than 435,000 people have already escaped from fighting in the region. A few days [...]

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Sierra Leone aiming to be middle income country by 2030

Listen / Samura Kamara. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Sierra Leone is aiming to become a middle income country by 2030 according to the West African country's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Speaking at the United Nations at a meeting on peacebuilding, Samura Kamara, said rebuilding a country after conflict requires a long-term vision and consistent support. The UN mission (UNIPSIL) left [...]

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Gender equality and women empowerment priority for development

Listen / Women tend crops in rural Afghanistan.UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

Gender equality and women's empowerment are prerequisites for sustainable development. So says Lakshmi Puri, the Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. Speaking in Nairobi, Kenya at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), she said it was crucial to invest more in women. UNEA is a new world body that places environmental [...]

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More than 1000 people killed in Iraq, says UN human rights team

Listen / This family fled the fighting in Mosul, Iraq, and are close to the Khazair checkpoint. They hope to stay in Erbil city until it is safe to return home. Photo: UNHCR/R. Nuri

At least 1,075 people have been killed and 1,189 have been injured in Iraq since early June. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, the UN human rights team in the country, says there are reports of summary executions, extra-judicial killings and abductions. Videos have shown victims being beheaded. Nicki Chadwick reports. Duration: 2’26″

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The Energetic Trio

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The 1961 UN Radio programme explores a future with clean energy sources. Scientists discuss the possibilities of utilizing the sun, wind and heat stored deep beneath the earth's surface and its economic and social significance. Language: English Genre: Report 1961 Duration: 28’36″

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More than 1000 people killed in Iraq, says UN human rights team

Listen / A wide view of the Human Rights Council.  UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

At least 1,075 people have been killed and 1,189 have been injured in Iraq since early June. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, the UN human rights team in the country, says that at least 757 civilians died in Nineveh, Diyala and Salahuddin provinces between the 5th and the 22nd of June. Rupert Colville [...]

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Youth want to be "more involved" in environmental decisions

Listen / Opening of the United Nations Environment Assembly - Nairobi, Kenya.  UN Radio/Fan Xiao/Monica Grayley

The world's young people want to be "more involved" in policy decisions which relate to the environment, according to a youth representative from South Africa. Governments, decision makers, scientists, civil society representatives and business leaders are currently gathered in Nairobi to discuss how best to tackle global environmental challenges. They are meeting at the inaugural [...]

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Rising humanitarian needs, costs "testing" world's response capacity

Listen / Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.  UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Humanitarian needs and costs are rising far beyond the current capacity of the global humanitarian system to cope. Valerie Amos, the UN humanitarian chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator made the announcement during a meeting on the future of humanitarian affairs. The 2014 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment (HAS) opened on Monday [...]

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